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Political Theater Engulfs the House Judiciary Committee

May 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a show of political theater, the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress. Congressman Biggs voted no and issued the following statement:

“The Democrats’ sloppy and rushed efforts were on full display during today’s hearing. We learned that the Democrats issued an unenforceable subpoena that demanded Barr release material that the Democrats acknowledged is unlawful to release. Stunningly, the Democrats admitted that it would be unlawful to comply with the subpoena that they themselves drafted. Yet the committee held a vote to hold Barr in contempt for failing to respond to a subpoena that is unlawful. Not only is the subpoena unenforceable in court, but so is the Democrats’ contempt resolution. 

“Mr. Barr has fully complied with the law and attempted to negotiate a resolution to the Democrats’ unreasonable demands in good faith. Unfortunately, he was met with a bad-faith contempt vote rushed out by the Democrats before any real negotiations could take place. This is tantamount to an abuse of process on the part of the Democrats that should anger all Americans.

“The American people are tired of the Democrats’ antics and insatiable desire to impeach President Trump. Members of Congress were sent to Washington, D.C. to secure the border, improve the quality of health care, decrease our national debt, and empower Americans to reach their economic potential. I call on my colleagues from across the aisle to join President Trump and Republicans in working for the issues that matter to our constituents.”


Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.